Friday, June 24, 2005
Unitarian Universalists 'invading the Bible belt.'
Jim Jones writes a curtain-raiser for Knight-Ridder about the UUA's General Assembly in Fort Worth, highlighting three themes: Unitarian Universalist support for same-sex marriage, UU opposition to the death penalty, and "a possibly controversial report, 'Engaging Our Theological Diversity,' citing ways to embrace a "language of reverence," whether referring to God or spirit or an ultimate meaning." His lede:
The Unitarian Universalist Association - a remarkably inclusive American denomination that embraces Christians, Buddhists, Humanists, Wiccans, atheists and theists - are invading the Bible Belt this week.
In last night's Opening Ceremony, however, I was struck by two things I hadn't fully appreciated: The Southwest Conference of the UUA now includes the largest number of congregations of any UUA district — 75, I believe I heard Craig Roshaven say in his welcome — and, with two of its largest congregations (All Souls in Tulsa and First Unitarian in Dallas) and the most new congregations this year, I'm not so sure that the rest of us haven't come to the "Bible belt" to see how Unitarian Universalism is done especially well.
("Unitarian Universalist Assembly Faces Tough Topics," Jim Jones [Knight-Ridder], FortWayne.com 6.22.05)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 24 June 2005 at 8:32 AM